Antiquing Look

“antiquing” new ivory-colored silk infants’ shoes to match a vintage, age-yellowed christening gown.

Dear Saber,
1. Check out the Rit dye colors. See if you can find one or two that mixed together will create the yellow you want. Mix up a very weak solution.
2. Paint on an inconspicuous part of the shoe with a small brush in order to test. Adjust dye as necessary. Remember the silk will dry lighter than it appears when wet. Start with a very dilute dye and add coats as desired.
3. If you don’t like the Rit idea, you could try the Procion reactive dyes at www.dharmatrading.com. They are in powder form, and come in very many colors. Mix the dye with water and a little soda ash (also available at dharma).
Many blessings to you and your baby on christening day!!

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